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For All You Fergie Olver Fans Across the World


 

Anybody remember Just Like Mom? I can’t be the only one who watched any cheap Canadian-made game show if there was nothing else on at the time. (For cripe’s sake, I watched Pitfall, and found out only later that it had been canceled years before I ever saw it.) Anyway, the co-host of the show, Fergie Olver, was someone we knew from Blue Jays sportscasts. As a game show host, he was very much in the Gene Rayburn/Richard Dawson tradition, but with a strange extra layer of creepiness, due to 1) The fact that he was complimenting and kissing little girls, and 2) his soothing Mr. Rogers tone of voice. And someone has put together a montage of creepy Fergie moments; it’s been up for a while now, but I only saw it today via New York magazine. Proving once again that Canada doesn’t exist until the U.S. says it does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD2ARRee35c

I must say, I never noticed the creepiness when I was watching the show at the time; all I really noticed was that the show was kind of boring. I think I preferred Bumper Stumpers.


 
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For All You Fergie Olver Fans Across the World

  1. Damnit Jaime, I didn't even know memories like this existed inside my head. You are giving me nostalgia for things I didn't even know I remembered.

    • I'm in the same boat. I have not seen that show since I was a kid, and totally forgot it ever existed. I'm sure it is uber cheesy, but I do recall liking it as a kid. Now I feel dirty…..

  2. That video creeped me out so much I couldn't finish watching it.

  3. Yikes. The things parents would do to their kids to win a set of encyclopedias or a new mattress…

  4. Ah, "Just Like Mom" and "Wok with Yan", what else would kill the time so slowly on a rainy day when you're a pre-schooler?

    • Ahaha, I loved Wok with Yan! I'm not sure why, and I wonder if any other cooking show has ever been so loved by kids?

    • Definition. The Galloping Gourmet. And whatever Bruno Gerussi's cooking show was called.

  5. STOP IT! STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT THIS SHOW IS A CHERISHED CHILDHOOD MEMORY KIDS DUMPED RANDOM CRAP INTO MIXING BOWLS AND THEIR MOTHERS HAD TO EAT IT AND THERE WAS DISNEY WORLD AT THE END AND YOU RUINED IT

    • You totally just made me remember that. Awesome! Thanks!

    • Correction: There was Camp Onondaga at the end. You got go to Disney World if you were lucky. You were far more likely, you spun the wheel and it landed on a gift certificate from Consumers Distributing*.

      *Actually, I made that up. But it sounds true.

      • Ah! Consumers Distributing! Where every pimply faced 18 year old boy was an assistant manager! And you looked at a catalogue and wrote down a number — seriously lame retail outlet, eh?

    • I was on the show in 1980, but didn't get kissed by Fergie. Maybe because I'm male but what does that say about me? Disney World? Hell, back in the first season I won the damn show and got a clock radio from Yorx, a refrigerator, and a 7-pound Hershey bar for my trouble…

      • Yorx. Consumers Distributing. Just Like Mom. This is bad Canadian nostalgia overload. I forgot about all these things.

  6. It's even creepier when viewed with this biographical note frin IMDb in mind:

    "Oliver hosted a kids gameshow in Canada in the 1980s called 'Just Like Mom' co-hosted by his own wife, Catherine Swing and introduced by one of their children. Both of their children, Emily and Alison, were involved in the show."

  7. Rather than "Canada doesn't exist until the U.S. says it does", and bring down everyone's self-esteem, how about we frame it that we are the originators and early adopters who set the tone for everyone else down south who takes it mainstream by the time we're setting the next trend?

    I watched Just LIke Mom and even wanted to be on it, but I didn't remember all of this creepy stuff! Wow, could you imagine that today? One instance, the show would never air, the dude would be fired before the day was out.

    • Now, all the kids are watching "Tila Tequila."

      Much more wholesome.

  8. Disgusting! Does anyone know how Fergi Oliver's wife reacted to his attitude towards little girls?

    • She is the one you can hear in the background calling him a dirty old man

  9. How old are you Donna. Really…. get a life. I think we can all agree that this perv is just that. Putting the blame on all Canadians makes you a bigot. Thats just two steps away from perv. Take a breath put your dirty glasses back on and try to read what the posters actually said.

  10. Video has been pulled from You Tube now, too controversial

  11. still on youtube

  12. Hahahaahaa! so funny!

  13. Yes halcyon days of yore when you looked forward to seeing the next episode of The Trouble With Tracy.

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